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Virtual Exhibitions

2006-2007 Calendar of Events

Fall 2008 MARIAL Colloquium Series

Wednesday, November 12, 4-6 p.m.
V.R. "Bob" Furnad
(Retired CNN Headline News President)
Why Network News is Down the Tube

CNN/U.S., the world's leading 24-hour global news and information television network, invented the concept of 24-hour TV news when it launched in 1980.  Two years later, CNN Headline News became cable television’s most successful brand extension, with news updates every 30 minutes, 24/7. Over the years, it morphed through many makeovers, searching for the right mix of news and entertainment to keep viewers watching. Former CNN Headline News President  V.R. "Bob" Furnad, who retired in 2001, will talk about his CNN career and TV news in general.

Spring 2008 MARIAL Colloquium Series

Wednesday, February 20, 4-6 p.m.
Peter Stromberg
(Anthropology professor, University of Tulsa, Oklahoma)

Wednesday, March 19, 4-6 p.m.

Lesley Anne Bleakney
University of Witten/Herdecke (Germany)

A Cross-National Study of Family Narratives: Preliminary Findings

Ms. Bleakney is a graduate student at the University of Witten/Herdecke, working with her mentor Professor Harald Welzer, on a large cross-national project comparing family historical narratives from families in the United States, Germany and Luxembourg. She is just completing a pilot study on the project with a set of American families in Florida, and will present an overview of the project and some preliminary data from her research. This informal workshop is open to anyone interested in hearing about the project.

Wednesday, March 26, 4-6 p.m.

Erin Finley
Graduate fellow of the Emory Center for Myth and Ritual in American Life (MARIAL)

The Next Chapter: Analyzing the Post-Iraq Readjustment of
Veterans and Their Families

Erin Finley is an anthropologist and MARIAL graduate fellow who has been studying soldiers at a Texas military base who have returned from war in Iraq and Afghanistan and are being treated for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). She will report on the status of her fieldwork in this informal workshop.

Wednesday, April 2, 4-6 p.m.

Karyn Lacy
(Assistant Professor of Sociology and the Center for Afro-American and African Studies at the University of Michigan.)

No 'Silver Spoons': Protecting and Reproducing Middle Class Status

Wednesday, April 9, 4-6 p.m.

Karen Olwig
(Professor, anthropology, University of Copenhagen)

An American Nuclear Family?: Narratives of "Betterment" and Personhood in an African-Caribbean Immigrant Context

Wednesday, April 16, 4-6 p.m.

Internal MARIAL workshop

Wednesday, April 23, 4-6 p.m.

Peter Kilborn
(Former New York Times correspondent, MARIAL affiliated fellow)

Rootless in Reloville: The New Mobile Homeless

“Relos” is short for relocatees, people whose corporate employers move them every three or four years. Each year, companies move about 10 million relos (including spouses and children), throughout the country and across the world. Their numbers grow as companies expand in the increasingly global economy. In an upcoming book, former New York Times correspondent Peter Kilborn studies the impact of frequent relocation on 12 families.

Wednesday, April 30, 4-6 p.m.

Frances Foster
(English, Emory University)

Love, Marriage and Family in Early African America

Frances Smith Foster is Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and chair of the English department at Emory University. Her specialities include African-American family life, and American and African-American literature. Recent publications include “Love and Marriage in Early African America”; “The Family in Africa and the African Diaspora: A Multidisciplinary Approach”; and “Written by Herself: Literary Production by African American Women, 1726-1892.” Foster is an editor of the Oxford Companion to African American Literature, the Norton Anthology of African American Literature, and “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl: A Norton Critical Edition.” She holds a Ph.D in British and American Literature from the University of California, San Diego.

Spring 2007 MARIAL Colloquium Series

Work-Family Inventions, Tensions, Contradictions, and Exportations

Wednesday, January 24, 4-6 p.m.

Joe Paul
(Director Emeritus and Fellow of the Family Firm Institute (FFI)

The Bundle of Sticks and the Tie that Binds Them: Narrative Dissonance in Families in Business

Mr. Paul’s work has been featured in national and international media. He consults, trains and lectures around the world on family business issues to trade groups and professional associations. He is a director emeritus of the Family Firm Institute (FFI), an international professional association for family business consultants and advisors. He was honored by FFI with the status of fellow because of his contributions to the field. He is the co-author and author of several family business assessment devices including The Aspen Family Business Inventory, and The Family Wealth Management Inventory, and The Aspen Family Foundation Inventory.

Tuesday, February 20, 4-6 p.m.

Stephanie Coontz
(Author, historian Evergreen State College)

Courting Trouble? The World Historic Transformation of Love and Marriage

Stephanie Coontz teaches history and family studies at Evergreen State College in Olympia Washington, and is director of research and public education for the Council on Contemporary Families, which she chaired from 2001 to 2004. She is the author of Marriage, a History: From Obedience to Intimacy or How Love Conquered Marriage; The Way We Never Were: American Families and the Nostalgia Trap; The Way WeReally Are: Coming to Terms with America’s Changing Families; and The Social Originsof Private Life: A History of American Families. She also edited American Families: AMulticultural Reader. Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, German, and Japanese.

Wednesday, February 28, 4-6 p.m.

Martha Fineman
(Emory University, School of Law)

Inevitable Dependency and the Family in Law and Society

Martha A. Fineman is concerned with American social and family policies and our approach to the inevitable dependency of children, many of the ill and elderly, and some of the disabled.  This dependency, which is developmental in nature, is privatized in our system – assigned to the family in the first instance. Within that family dependency, work is delegated along gendered lines so that women serving in their roles as mothers, wives, daughters and so on bear the ultimate burden of caring for those who are dependent

Wednesday, April 11, 4-6 p.m.

Harald Welzer
(University of Witten/Herdecke)

How “auto” is autobiographical memory? On social, communicative, and autobiographical memory

What is memory made of? Its texture seems hopelessly complex and ephemeral. The contents of autobiographical memory compose our unique self, and we are definitely sure our memories belong to us, but autobiographical memory develops as part of a social network, and only after years of development changes from a social to an individual memory system. This system is composed not only of authentic experiences, but of all sorts of false and imported memories. Our memories are stored not only in the neural engrams of our individual brain, but also in social and cultural exograms outside the brain. Aspects of the past determine present interpretations and decisions, and a traumatic experience of a grandparent may reach into the biochemical pathways of neuronal processing in a grandchild’s brain. Memory systems do not function as storages, but as associative processors, overwriting contents due to present needs and perceptions. This talk presents new findings of memory research and asks how “auto” our autobiographical memory is.

Wednesday, April 18, 4-6 p.m.

Cindy Aron
(University of Virginia, History)

Working at Play: Why Can't Americans Relax on Vacation?

Cindy Aron, an authority on U.S. social and women’s history, is a history professor at the University of Virginia. She wrote Working at Play, a critically acclaimed book on the history of vacations in the United States from 1820 to 1940. She is interested in the ways in which Americans manipulated the shifting relationship between work and leisure.

Fall 2006 MARIAL Colloquium Series

Work-Family Inventions, Tensions, Contradictions, and Exportations

Wednesday, October 11, 4-6 p.m.

Louise Marie Roth
(Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Arizona)

Having It All? Workplace Culture and Work-Family Conflict

Louise Marie Roth is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Arizona in Tucson. She received her Ph.D. in sociology from New York University. Her primary research interest is gender stratification, especially in employment, organizations, and law. Recent articles from her book research have also appeared in Social Forces, Sociological Forum, Sociological Perspectives , The Sociological Quarterly and Sociological Inquiry. In the near future, Dr. Roth expects to conduct a cross-national study of reproduction and childbirth from an organizational perspective, especially as related to the organization of health insurance, medical malpractice insurance, and malpractice law.

Wednesday, October 18, 4-6 p.m.

Vicki Howard
(A ssistant Professor of History, Hartwick College)

The American Wedding Industry and the Invention of Tradition

Weddings today are a $70-billion business, supported and promoted by a cadre of entrepreneurs who invented traditions and transformed wedding culture. In Brides, Inc. American Weddings and the Business of Tradition, historian Vicki Howard explores the origins of the lavish American wedding. She reveals how many of our customs and wedding rituals were the product of sophisticated advertising campaigns, merchandising promotions, and entrepreneurial innovations.

Wednesday, November 1, 4-6 p.m.

Abdullahi Ahmed An-Na'im
(Charles Howard Candler Professor of Law, Emory University)

Inter-religious Marriage Among American Muslims: Some Theoretical Reflections

Professor An-Na'im is the author of African Constitutionalism and the Contingent Role of Islam (2006); and Toward an Islamic Reformation: Civil liberties, human rights and international law (1990) (translated into Arabic, Indonesian, Russian and Farsi). His edited publications include Human Rights under African Constitutions (2003); Islamic Family Law in a Changing World: A Global Resource Book (2002); Cultural Transformation and Human Rights in Africa (2002); The Cultural Dimensions of Human Rights in the Arab World (in Arabic, 1994); Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspectives: Quest for consensus (1992); Human Rights in Africa: Cross-cultural perspectives , with Francis M. Deng (1990). He has also published more than 50 articles and book chapters on human rights, constitutionalism, Islamic law and politics.

Wednesday, November 15, 4-6 p.m.

Kathleen Gerson

(Professor of Sociology, New York University)

Children of the Gender Revolution: Work and Family Change in the Lives of a New Generation

Does the rise of new domestic arrangements represent family decline or the expansion of options? Are young women and men seeking a return to "traditionalism" or new ways of integrating family and work? Drawing on in-depth interviews with a diverse group of young women and men, Professor Gerson will argue that a gender lens provides a way to transcend these ongoing debates. New generations view their families as "trajectories," whose shape depends on the degree of gender flexibility in breadwinning and caretaking. Yet, despite widening support for more flexible, egalitarian gender strategies, most face daunting institutional obstacles. This mismatch between ideals and opportunities is fueling a new gender divide, in which women see a growing need for economic autonomy and men are drawn to neo-traditional arrangements. New generations are thus forging paths that, while innovative, do not reflect their most cherished values.

Wednesday, December 6, 4-6 p.m.

Arland Thornton

(The University of Michigan Director, Population Studies Center; Research Professor, Population Studies Center; Professor, Sociology Department; Research Professor, Survey Research Center)

The Developmental Paradigm, Reading History Sideways, and Family Myths

Dr. Arland Thornton specializes in the study of marriage, family, and the life course. Currently, his work focuses on intergenerational relations, cohabitation, marriage, divorce, reproductive behavior, living arrangements, and gender roles in Nepal, Taiwan, and the United States. Dr. Thornton has authored a book and a number of articles on the effect of societal change on the family in the United States and Asia. His book credits include Reading History Sideways: The Fallacy and Enduring Impact of the Developmental Paradigm, Marriage and Cohabitation (with William Axinn and Yu Xie) and Social Change and the Family in Thailand (with Hui-Sheng Lin ).


The MARIAL Center is located on the 4th floor of the main building of Emory's Briarcliff Campus, 1256 Briarcliff Road. There is ample parking close to the building. Alternatively, you may take the Emory shuttle (Route B). The Emory shuttle (Route B) provides transportation from the main campus to the MARIAL Center at approximately 15-minute intervals (a 5-15 minute ride). For the shortest travel time, board the shuttle on Clifton (@ Emory University Hospital), Clifton (@ Fishborne) or North Dekatur Road (@ Fishburne Deck/Schwartz Ctr.).  A complete schedule is available on the web at http://www.epcs.emory.edu/AltTransp/route_b.html

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